Classic cars and vintage vehicles on show at Oval

Vistors at Hastings Trollybus Rally. Pic by Frank Copper.
Vistors at Hastings Trollybus Rally. Pic by Frank Copper.
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SCORES of visitors and classic car enthusiasts descended on the Oval on Sunday to view the selection of vintage cars on offer.

The Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group held its 20th annual show but the main star, Happy Harold, Hastings’ own trolleybus from 1928, was notably absent.

Dozens of vintage and classic buses, cars and motorcycles were on show and visitors had the chance to ride on some of the buses.

Famous red London Routemaster and RT buses were available for people to view, as well as examples of the once familiar Maidstone and District buses that used to run in the Hastings area as long as 70 years ago. Ion Castro, restoration group chairman, said: “We’re sorry that Happy Harold, Hastings’ own trolleybus was unable to attend but remedial work on an attack of dry rot has revealed that it was worse than we expected and is taking longer to remedy.

“That has meant we haven’t been able to present him for an MOT, but rest assured we are working flat out to get him back on the road.

“As for the show, we were naturally disappointed that the weather forecast wasn’t in our favour and the promise of rain coupled with the high price of fuel must have deterred some of the entrants and I can’t really blame them.We did have more than 15 buses and more than 60 cars as well as some tractors and motorcycles and the visitors seemed very happy with the event.”

More information about the group can be found by logging on to www.1066.net/trolley.